Land and water hemispheres
The land and water hemispheres of Earth, sometimes capitalised as the Land Hemisphere and Water Hemisphere, are the hemispheres of Earth containing the largest possible total areas of land and ocean, respectively. By definition (assuming that the entire surface can be classed as either "land" or "ocean") the two hemispheres do not overlap.
Determinations of the hemispheres vary slightly. One determination places the centre of the Land Hemisphere at Nantes, France). The center of the water hemisphere is the antipode of the center of the land hemisphere, and is therefore located at , near New Zealand's Bounty Islands in the Pacific Ocean.(in the city of
Distribution of geographical features
The Land Hemisphere has the substantial majority of the planet's land (80.1%), including Europe, Africa, North America, nearly all of Asia and most of South America. However, even in the Land Hemisphere, the ocean area still slightly exceeds the land area (about 53% ocean and 47% land). The Land Hemisphere is almost identical to the hemisphere containing the greatest human population. The Land Hemisphere contains most of the Earth's inland waters, including the Caspian Sea, North American Great Lakes, African Great Lakes, and Lake Baikal.
The Water Hemisphere has only about one-eighth of the world's land, including Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, the Maritime Southeast Asia, and the Southern Cone of the Americas. Antarctica is solely within the water hemisphere. Some sources further divide land into "dry land" and "icecap". Antarctica provides the Water Hemisphere with the majority of Earth's ice.
Most of the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, and the whole Southern Ocean, are on the water hemisphere. Proportionately, the Water Hemisphere is approximately 89% water (almost all pertaining to the World Ocean), 6% dry land and 5% polar ice cap.
The table below follows the assignments of Alphonse Berget of land to the two hemispheres.
Continent Area in land hemisphere (km²)
Area in water hemisphere (km2) Africa 29,818,400 0 Americas 34,955,670 3,391,010 Antarctica 0 13,120,000 Asia 40,897,241 3,245,649 Australia and the Pacific Islands 0 8,958,630 Europe 9,732,250 0 Land area within hemisphere 115,403,561 (80.1%) 28,715,289 (19.9%)
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